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Events at work often involving others. There can be meetings for one's team, a department, a 1:1 with a manager or 1:1 with a subordinate if applicable. Questions here will usually revolve around handling meetings in terms of schedule, etiquette and other issues.

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How to maintain good boundaries when manipulative co-worker and boss have years-long relationship at previous jobs?

I'm a new senior developer. There's a manager and a junior dev. The junior dev and the manager have worked together at another company and have a strong relationship. This week, the junior dev called ...
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How do you best deal with the boss that has no design experience?

As a software developer tasked with design responsibilities at our organization, I frequently encounter challenges in securing alignment between our design decisions and the preferences of our CEO. ...
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Should I bring up my fear of being fired during my performance review with my manager?

In the company I currently work at, I noticed that on average people in my team leave at a rate of about 1 person a month. New people are being hired, but 1 person who was previously in the team ...
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Skipping Introductions

I had this situation where we had several meetings where the manager I was assigned was asking us to introduce ourselves. This went on for around 3 meetings with different people where constant ...
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How to make productive use of short breaks between meetings?

I've moved from a more technical role to a Product Owner role a while back, and have been picking up additional responsibilities, including being a PO for a second team, as the time went on in the ...
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How do I handle meetings where someone has a thick accent I cannot understand?

I've recently been assigned to manage a different team at my work space, and have been put in charge of running the update meetings for that team. I haven't yet gotten to know the team members very ...
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Co-Existing with a Highly Extroverted Leader and "Forced Fun"

I accepted what I thought was a "contract" position about a year ago but quickly learned that the expectation was to be a Full Time Employee without benefits. Here's what I mean: The ...
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Am I in my rights to ask a colleague to not take notes on everything I say outside a meeting? [closed]

I'm a software engineer with 20+ years of experience. I am used to people taking notes in meetings and outside meetings and I have been more or less fine with that. I have a new colleague who ...
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How to effectively communicate that I want weekly meeting moved to MS Teams rather than in person? [closed]

A little over a week ago, my boss gave me an unwarranted verbal lashing. We are now supposed to meet in person on a once weekly basis for an hour to discuss my work activities. I am in the process of ...
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Not invited into meeting where the fate of my project will be decided: should I forcibly attend?

I worked on this project for about half a year, but very unfortunately changes that are coming from my work touch parts of code belonging to another developer that is senior to me. While my solution ...
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Nervous For Meeting With Client [closed]

Wednesday my bosses and I have a meeting with a big client. Its stressing me out so much because i am so worried that the client will point out everything I did wrong or didn't do. I dont usually make ...
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Am I being unreasonable in not wanting meetings to be recorded?

There are some colleagues of mine who really love the idea of meetings being recorded, especially if they are out on vacation. I, on the other hand, feel incredibly uncomfortable in a recorded meeting;...
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Teammate keeps clearing throat during video calls

My teammate clears their throat multiple times during meetings, and it's usually pretty loud and right into their microphone. No one's said anything about it, but I've noticed some people pausing ...
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Handling a perceived over-reaction to a bug introduced by my team

Background I run my company's central data team. Other teams depend on the output of our daily refresh pipeline which includes jobs that both my team has written (such as building our core orders and ...
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How to react to request to look more interested in meeting?

Background: This is about a small-ish company of about 10 people. Our CEO/Founder/Boss is holding a biweekly meeting to update the whole company on what is going on in each department/area. During the ...
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How can I give feedback about unproductive one-on-ones with my manager?

I've been working at a large Fortune 500 organization for about 2.5 years. Everyone in the company has weekly one-on-ones with their manager for at least 25 minutes. Over that period of time I have ...
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How to assist my manager with post covid recovery symptoms when meeting with vendors

I work in a management role in the cybersecurity division of my company. My manager recently caught Covid and is still recovering. While his physical symptoms are almost all gone, there is some "...
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Please advise on how to navigate upcoming 1:1 meeting with boss, given circumstances? [closed]

I have documented my difficult work situation in this question and this question Where things stand is that I am actively looking for a completely different group to be on in the large company I am a ...
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Should I be scheduling these meetings/writing the agendas?

I'm a Product Manager for a proprietary software. In that role I participate in the "longterm planning" team comprised of our lead Developer, the CTO and myself. I'm the only woman in our 20 ...
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How to tactfully decline calls and meetings?

I run a website, and I work with multiple advertisers. I run the business alone, and it's meant to be a lifestyle business, so I am very protective of my time. Calls and in-person meetings are a ...
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Invited to an Interview follow up meeting

I had an Interview with the Infrastructure Development Manager, Development Engineering Team Leader and the Talent Acquisition Manager for the company. They promised to provide feedback the following ...
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Uncomfortable in one-on-one meetings. Do I let my manager know this?

I work in the United States. To give some background, I worked for six months reporting to a manager who never micromanaged and never requested monthly one on one meetings with me. I just did the work ...
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How to prepare a lecture? [closed]

How should I plan an oral, technical presentation to colleagues? It will be my first. If I started to just record myself at home, begin to talk and see what happens ... that would be experimental, and ...
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How not to tear up when coworker talks about why she had an unplanned absence

A lady I work with had a family tragedy that caused her an unexpected leave of absence. As a result some of the company's procedures were changed so that in case someone is unexpectedly not able to ...
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Should I give my new manager a copy of my resume in a one on one meeting?

I work in the US. The company encourages employees to initiate one on one monthly meetings with your manager. The goal is to have regular discussions and for your work progress to be documented over ...
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How to avoid inappropriate questions during town halls?

I recently took over managing an organization in a mid-size company. From what people have told me, the organization felt really intimidated asking questions to my predecessor. To fix this, I've ...
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Meeting was rescheduled but I didn't receive an invite

A meeting needed to be rescheduled due to someone not being able to make it. There was discussion of a specific time, as if an invite was to be sent out. I didn't receive it. It could be an oversight ...
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What is the standard notice period needed to modify the agenda of an AGM?

My company is holding an annual general meeting (AGM) for its members. Is there a standard notice period required for a member to put a matter onto the AGM? We have a member requesting that an item ...
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Accurate way to calculate the impact of X hours of meetings a day on an individual's "deep thinking" time available?

I'm concerned about my team's ability to find and protect their time for deep thinking/working. Much of what they are being asked to produce requires deep thinking, research, and writing time. Things ...
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What do you use for personal note-taking at work? [closed]

I want to transition away from using my handwritten notebook to maintain personal note-taking and record keeping for projects, meetings, and just my progress notes/thoughts on things. Main problems ...
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Particular religious festivities that are occuring highlighted during a whole company meeting. Should I highlight this?

During a whole company meeting, in the first half of this year, there was an occasion in which two members of the company, one Jewish and the other Muslim, gave an overview of Passover and Eid, ...
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Blamed in front of coworkers for "skipping hierarchy"

I am a newbie tech worker in my first job at a small startup. I love it. Everyone has been very nice to me up until now, and I feel like I am very appreciated for bringing new ideas/solutions to the ...
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How should I deal with coworkers not respecting my blocking off time in my calendar for work?

I regularly block off 1-3 hours of empty space in my work calendar to work undisturbed. Very few other people I work with do this. Anyone can see anyone else's calendar, so my coworkers often add me ...
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How do I broach the subject of cost of living with my boss?

I work full time for a state college in the USA. I like my job, and I have a positive relationship with my boss. My landlord is asking me to renew my lease, and rent is going up by 25%. I am slated ...
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What to say during a group evolution meeting

My startup company is trying something new. They are planning their first 'group evolution meeting'. We would have to answer two questions for each member of the DevOps team. What is he or she very ...
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How do I communicate to my boss that meeting scope creep is out of control?

I am in the USA. My team is completely work from home. My boss likes to "cross train", "collaborate" or "see what you're working on" and frequently demands the team ...
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How to suggest recording meetings that include training?

I recently started a new job. Most people work remotely. Often times we have a meeting with screen sharing where the presenter demonstrates how to do something. Mostly this is because I am being ...
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Productivity of group meetings with people with different personality types

I recently was running a small group meeting with 4-5 different people - developers, product, business, etc. The point of the meeting was broad open ended discussion about a new product. The product ...
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Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important?

Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important ? I guess that for many people the answer is, of course. But I have been working for a Beijing local company for 11 years, managing a team around 10 ...
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Should I explain it is not retaliation?

Context: My team leader, with hierarchical and project responsibilities, has problems with my team. To be clear and concise, most of the team is jealous of one, namely Bob. Because Bob is often ...
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Make it not optional (or personal choice) to turn on camera during online meetings while working from home [closed]

I could list a whole list of reasons but I won't, and because I actually had the opposite question that I wanted to ask to this question: Make it mandatory to turn camera on in video meetings at work? ...
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Is it common that people lose interest in attending company annual meeting after being with the company for several years?

I have been in the software industry for 20 years and with my current employer for 10 years. The company annual meetings I have experienced are basically the same. The boss gives some pep talk; review ...
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Is it frowned upon to not show your face during virtual meetings? [closed]

Is it frowned upon to not show your face during virtual meetings? Or does it depend on the company culture?
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Why do some people insist on creating a meeting, then send a URL — rather than simply clicking on the "Call" button?

My corporation uses Microsoft Teams. If someone wants to schmooze with me — especially if it is 1 on 1 — I ask them to click the "Call" button at the agreed time and date. See screenshot ...
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Unintentionally on camera in a recorded meeting - want to be edited out [closed]

I attended a company Teams meeting for training that was being recorded and after a few minutes accidentally turned on my camera and was unaware. Needless to say, it's unflattering! I looked rather ...
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How to keep disagreements healthy as a leader? [closed]

In my meetings, disagreements tend to be quite unhealthy from my point of view. They don't become toxic or offensive at all, but you can just feel the environment charging up a bit. Therefore, I am ...
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What's the proper etiquette when joining an audio conference where people are already talking?

Multiple times I've joined an audio-only Microsoft Teams meeting (on time) where people were already talking. I feel like it would be rude to talk over them to say "hello", like it's going ...
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Meeting was getting extended regularly: discussion turned to conflict

Our team meets everyday at standup to discuss about the updates from yesterday and plan the day. However, we have a problem that the standup which is scheduled for 30 mins almost always extends to 2 ...
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What can I say as a response to a rescheduled meeting by client?

I requested a client to reschedule a meeting which we had arranged previously via email, I apologized for the inconvenience as well and they sent me below reply email: No inconvenience at all. We ...
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A peer "gives" me tasks in public and makes it look like I work for him

Summary: I have a manager "Alan". "Bob" is not my manager but during meetings he often gives me tasks and talks about his participation in my work. I feel uncomfortable but my ...
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